Saltalamacchia's homer lifts Braves

Saltalamacchia's homer lifts Braves

at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Friday, March 3

Braves at the plate: Top catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia drilled a three-run walk-off homer with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth to give Atlanta the victory. Second baseman Jonathan Schuerholz, son of Braves general manager John Schuerholz, belted a fifth-inning solo homer off Franquelis Osorio. Left fielder Matt Diaz celebrated his birthday by drilling a two-run fourth-inning homer off Brian Meadows.

Dodgers at the plate: Center fielder Jason Repko began a three-hit day with a two-run first-inning single. Second baseman Oscar Robles had two hits, including an RBI double in a three-run fifth inning Los Angeles manufactured against Mike Remlinger.

Braves on the mound: Starter John Thomson struggled with his control, allowing the Dodgers to tally four first inning runs. While allowing four earned runs and six hits in two innings, Thomson tossed 42 pitches and issued two walks. Remlinger retired just two of the seven batters he faced and allowed four hits.

Dodgers on the mound: Starter Brett Tomko tossed two perfect innings in his Dodgers debut. Displaying good control, he threw 12 of his 16 pitches for strikes. Meadows allowed four hits, including Diaz's two-run homer, in two innings.

Grapefruit League records: Dodgers 1-1; Braves 1-1

Up next: The Braves will travel across town to face the Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Tim Hudson will make his Grapefruit League debut. The Dodgers will travel to Ft. Lauderdale to face the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. ET. D.J. Houlton is scheduled to start.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.